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Indigenous groups demand a consultation by mine to the Constitutional of Guatemala

Guatemala City, Oct 25 (EFE) .- Indigenous groups and Guatemalan civil society organizations demanded this Monday in front of the Constitutional Court, the country’s highest court, a popular consultation on a nickel mine in the east of the country, where violent clashes have been recorded in recent days.

The Social and Popular Assembly, the Waqib ‘Kej Collective and the National Coordinator of Widows of Guatemala (Conavigua), among other organizations, likewise asked the Government to comply with the resolution issued in 2019 by the Constitutional Court to hold a free popular consultation and informed that allows the operation of the mine.

The mining extractor, called Fénix, is located in the municipality of El Estor, in the department of Izabal, some 300 kilometers northeast of Guatemala City (center), and belongs to Compañía Guatemalteca de Níquel, a subsidiary of the firm. Swiss and Russian Solway Investment Group.

During last Friday and Saturday, the security forces violently repressed local Q’eqchi ” indigenous communities that oppose the operation of the mine without a popular consultation, among other reasons, such as the lack of environmental impact studies.

The clashes have injured dozens of people, including agents of the National Civil Police, after more than 20 days since the indigenous resistance against nickel mining installed a makeshift camp on the road.

Due to the clashes, Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei on Sunday ordered a state of siege for 30 days in El Estor, a measure that allows anyone to be detained without a court order in addition to restricting the movement of the population in the municipality. .

REQUEST RESPECT FOR THE TERRITORY

The coordinator of the National Coordinator of Widows of Guatemala, Rosalina Tuyuc, asked this Monday in front of the Constitutional building, in the center of Guatemala City, “respect for the resistance, the land, the territory and the natural assets of the Q’eqchi Mayan people “.

“We are also here to say that the Constitutional Court enforce the resolution issued in favor of the communities and, mainly, in favor of free and informed consultation,” added Tuyuc, widely awarded internationally for her work as a rights activist. humans.

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